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2015 Women in the Law

Jun 11, 2015

Relationships, public service define Bonniwell

Nancy Bonniwell is dedicated to serving her clients, colleagues and community. A main factor in her success as partner at Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP, where she practices estate planning and business law, is her ability to build relationships with clients and understand their motivations.

Jun 11, 2015

All the world’s a stage for Eastern District’s Pepper

Pamela Pepper grew up in the middle of nowhere — the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to be exact.

Jun 11, 2015

Gonzalez Knavel shows true grit in practice, retirement

Maria Gonzalez Knavel remains as determined in retirement as she was when working as a partner for Foley & Lardner.

Jun 11, 2015

Heidt the cream of the crop

Martha Heidt stumbled upon a book — and a new career. As a struggling dairy farmer in the late 1980s near Eau Claire, she came across a book on agricultural law while cleaning a barn basement.

Jun 11, 2015

Bowen discovers the virtues of being ‘bossy’

After practicing law for more than 10 years, Freya Bowen knows of a little advice she would love to have received in her first year.

Jun 11, 2015

Coffee appreciates impact of her work

Rebecca Coffee always knew she would work in the law. She just wasn’t sure she’d be a lawyer. But after working as a paralegal, she was convinced.

Jun 11, 2015

Weston teaches law, even while running tech company

Cheryl Weston wants to help her students to think as deeply about the law as she does. That means they should be able to recognize the intersection of substance and procedure, to understand rules and use them tactically. “If they learn the tools of being a good litigator, they always can pick up the substance […]

Jun 11, 2015

Fleming gives back to community, family through clients

Miriam Fleming almost became a chef. Starting in seventh or eighth grade, she started working for chef Ferdinand Metz at H.J. Heinz Co.

Jun 11, 2015

Sheeran blazes law trail for women

When Susan Sheeran began working as an attorney focused on construction, labor and employment laws, she often found herself the only woman in the room.

Jun 11, 2015

Kreiter gives her all, has it all

Women really can have it all. Just ask Maria Kreiter.

Jun 11, 2015

McMahon fights for her clients by getting personal

Maura McMahon wants to know every client’s story. Throughout the past 12 years in the State Public Defender’s Waukesha office, she has advocated for women, children and the mentally ill, but the often-troubling details of those cases have done little to dim her bright outlook.

Jun 11, 2015

Tomczyk gets concrete results from often invisible efforts

Debby Tomczyk balances the tangible and intangible in her practice. A shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Tomczyk specializes in business law and real estate, which she says provides here with an uncommon means of tracking her own success.


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